Open Strong Anne Frank

Essay in need of a Strong Opening

Anne Frank, the Jewish girl whose diary and death in a Nazi concentration camp made her a symbol of the Holocaust, was allegedly baptized posthumously Saturday by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to whistleblower Helen Radkey, a former member of the church. The ritual was conducted in a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic, according to Radkey, a Salt Lake City researcher who investigates such incidents, which violate a 2010 pact between the Mormon Church and Jewish leaders.

Radkey discovered that Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, who died at Bergen Belsen death camp in 1945 at age 15, was baptized by proxy on Saturday. Mormons have submitted versions of her name at least a dozen times for proxy rites and carried out the ritual at least nine times from 1989 to 1999. This time, Frank’s name was discovered in a database that can be used for proxy baptism — a separate process, according to a spokesman for the church. The database is open only to Mormons.

A screen shot of the database shows a page for Frank stating “completed” next to categories labeled “Baptism” and “Confirmation,” with the date Feb. 18, 2012, and the name of the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple.

Mormon posthumous proxy baptisms for Holocaust victims or Jews who are not direct descendants of Mormons has continued, despite church vows to stop such practices. Negotiations between Mormon and Jewish leaders led to a 1995 agreement for the church to stop the posthumous baptism of all Jews, except in the case of direct ancestors of Mormons, but some Mormons have failed to adhere to the agreement.

The name of Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was recently submitted to the restricted genealogy website as “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism, though the church says the rite is reserved for the deceased, and Wiesel is alive. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, was among a group of Jewish leaders who campaigned against the practice and prompted the 2010 pact by which the Mormon Church promises to at least prevent proxy baptism requests for Holocaust victims.

Wiesel last week called on Republican presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney, a former Mormon bishop who has donated millions to the church, to speak out about the practice. The Romney campaign did not immediately reply.  The Frank case follows closely on an apology from the Mormon Church last week for recent posthumous baptisms of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s parents.

The latest baptism of Frank by proxy is especially egregious because she was an unmarried teenager who left no descendants. Mormon officials have stressed that in accordance with the agreements, church members are supposed to submit only the names of their own ancestors.

“The security of the names submissions process for posthumous rites must be questioned, in view of the rash of prominent Jewish Holocaust names that have recently appeared on Mormon temple rolls,” Radkey said about her latest find. “This one sailed straight through, with Anne’s correct name in their ‘secure’ database.”

Radkey said she expects, once word gets out, that church officials will scrub the records as they did with Wiesel and Weisenthal’s parents. The Mormon Church responded later Tuesday in a statement: “The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism. While no system is foolproof in preventing the handful of individuals who are determined to falsify submissions we are committed to taking action against individual abusers who willfully violate the Church’s policy. Ritual baptism should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect; we regret when it becomes a source of contention.”


Exercise Specifics

In the Reply field below this post, write your strongest Opening Paragraph.

Your paragraph must contain a thesis sentence that clearly and boldly proclaims the claim you promise readers you will prove.

In addition, your Opening Paragraph:

  1. Will make strong, perhaps paradoxical claims.
  2. Will sum up a very strong argument your essay will make.
  3. Will NOT LOSE the argument.
  4. Will itself be an argument.
  5. Will be memorable.
  6. Will be debatable, demonstratable, illustratable.
  7. Will be a good example of itself.

Well, maybe it won’t accomplish all 7 goals, but the more the better!

You have until the end of the period to write your best first draft.

21 Responses to Open Strong Anne Frank

  1. runnerd4 says:

    The Mormon people have oddly decided that it is reasonable to baptize Holocaust victims, even though most did not ask for it. Holocaust victim Anne Frank is one of the main focuses of their baptisms, along with author Eli Weisel. The main issue with this type of baptisms is that the members of the Mormon church are only supposed to submit names of their ancestors for baptism. This baptism against the will of the deceased holocaust victims is not only ethically wrong, it is against the Mormon religion.

  2. oaktree1234 says:

    The after life is extremely important to the people of Mormon faith. In an effort to solidify their future in heaven, the sacrament of baptism is a crucial part of their lives. Out of respect for the late Anne Frank and other victims of the holocaust, members of the mormon church perform proxy baptisms. In doing so, they are celebrating the life of Anne Frank and others, while paying them tribute in a respectful pay.

  3. clementine102 says:

    The mormon church believes that a certain amount of people can be accepted into heaven and one of them, they believe, should be Anne Frank. Anne Frank was a 15 year old girl who was a victim of the concentration camps of Germany, but left no descendants. The mormon community has had a issue with this because it is a main belief to leave descendants after you. The baptism of Anne Frank goes against many beliefs of the Mormon religion and it is ethically wrong.

  4. rowanstudent24 says:

    The Morman people have decided that it would be right to baptize victims of the Holocaust. They never requested to be but the main individual to be baptized was Anne Frank as well as author Eli Weisel. The problem with this is that the members of the Morman church are supposed to only request names of their ancestors to be baptized. These 2 victims of the holocaust were baptized against their will which is wrong since they aren’t here to decide for themselves whether they want this or not.

  5. thecommoncase says:

    Christian leaders have a reputation for disrespecting the wishes of those who practice a different faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims after their death without consent from the descendants of those victims. The Christian Church needs to stop the practice of forcing their religion onto others, in any form. Other religions do this as well, but history shows that the spread of Christianity has been far more drastic.

  6. SmilingDogTheProfWants says:

    The Mormon people believe that Holocaust victims deserve to be baptized. They believe that it is the highest tribute that they can make for any person, the idea of trying to get that person into eternal salvation. Anne Frank is a commonly baptized person in the Mormon faith and despite going against the church’s requirements for salvation. Regardless of baptizing Anne Frank and other holocaust victims, it is clear that they believe they deserve a chance at salvation if their go shall choose.

  7. hailthegreat8 says:

    It was decided by the Morman people to baptize most of the people that survived the Holocaust. The victims didn’t choose to be baptized but the Moman people chose to. The main individuals that were baptized were Eli Weisel an author and Anne Frank. The problem with this is that people of the Morman church have to request the names of their ancestors. Eli Weisel and Anne Frank were baptized against their will and that wasn’t right.

  8. cardinal7218 says:

    Mormons believe that only Mormons can make it to heaven, and if there’s anyone who deserves such a thing, Anne Frank is a good contender. At least, that’s the line of thinking the Mormon people followed when posthumously baptizing Anne Frank into the church, repeatedly, and against the church’s rules that state members can only submit their own direct ancestors for posthumous baptism. Anne Frank is not the only Holocaust victim who Mormons have tried to baptize; author Elie Wiesel was another name appearing on a list of imminent posthumous baptism before he even died. Mormons seem to be affected by the holocaust and want to show their respect for its victims, however, this method is ethically wrong considering they do not have permission from these people to get baptized and it is against the rules of the church. The Mormons need to find a better way to pay their respects to Holocaust victims.

  9. Nancet says:

    The Mormon church has decided to baptize the victims of the Holocaust. A 15 year old girl, Anne Frank was one of the main focus in the Holocaust. The members of the church was suppose to submit only the names of their own ancestors. Frank and others was baptized against they will. In the Mormon religion, that is ethically wrong.

  10. 612119d says:

    The Mormans seem to be a religion that baptizes people againt their will. A 15 year old girl Anna Frank died for the the atrocities of the Holocaust. Members of this church baptize ancestors and others post human life which isn’t right. The mormon religion has good thoughts behind it but its wrong.

  11. gooferious says:

    The Mormon Church has taken it upon themselves to decide for others if they are qualified enough to get into heaven. The one similarity the Mormons find with those who should go to heaven is that they should be Mormons. They have done this to well known authors such as Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel, both of whom were victims of the Holocaust. I see that Mormons are in a way trying to pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust but this is not the way to go about it. In a way it is disrespectful to completely ignore one’s beliefs and make an assumption or change for them when they themselves are not present to either accept or reject what is being said.

  12. shadowswife says:

    The Morman people have a strong belief in reaching heaven through the ritual of baptism. Despite the Morman people having good intentions for Holocaust victims, they refuse to consider if those victims ever wanted to be baptized. In reference to Ann Frank, while the intentions of the Mormon Church were to conduct the baptism ritual so that her salvation and return to life with the heavenly father can be conferred, the baptism was done without consideration of her desire. Therefore, the baptism rituals imposed on Holocaust victims is morally wrong to have been done since they have not granted their desire and/or preferences on religious practices.

  13. pardonmyfrench13 says:

    Individuals who practice the Mormon faith only believe they have the right to get into heaven. Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust, is believed to be a good contender for heaven and was therefor baptized by the Mormons after death. This goes against the rules of the church due to the fact it states only ancestors are allowed to baptize their relatives. Mormons seem to have the right idea in wanting the best for the Holocaust deceased, yet the manor in which they are doing so is ethically wrong. A new solution needs to be addressed on how they can pay their respects in a different fashion.

  14. l8tersk8ter says:

    The Mormon church has allegedly violated their agreement with the Jewish church about posthumous baptisms. Since the afterlife is of grave importance to the Mormon church they have engaged in the posthumous baptism of many without the consent of those being baptized because they are no longer even alive. The Jewish leaders have not tried to stop them from this act but made an agreement that they can do so only to direct ancestors of those that are Mormon. There has been a striking development that Jew Anne Frank, who has no Mormon descendants, has been posthumously baptized, which goes against the bounds of this agreement.

  15. tcarter101 says:

    Christianity has a reputation of imposing on people. An example of this is baptizing holocaust victims. One of the most notable ones being Anne Frank. This presents a massive issue because she is one of the main focuses on learning about the Holocaust. One of the main issues is that this was against their will and is a violation of ethics.

  16. sonnypetro29 says:

    The Mormon church has tried countless times to baptize Holocaust victims. Anne Frank was the main focus of these incidents, it was recently found in a database that the Name Frank was used in a baptism in the Dominican Republic. These religions do not have the right to baptize people who do not give consent

  17. sunshine2818 says:

    Anne Frank, a jewish girl, known for her diary during the holocaust is being baptized to be a Mormon. Although she has long since passed, the mormon church has taken it upon themselves to baptize her without her consideration. Agreements between the Jewish leaders and the mormon church originally stated practices like this would not continue. However, some of the Mormon church followers have not abided by those request.

  18. dayzur says:

    Despite the agreements not to, the Mormons feel it is right to baptize Holocaust Victims. Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who brought us the story of her time in hiding during the holocaust, who passed away at age 15, has been baptized at least a dozen times. It was fully agreed upon that this was to be halted, but some Mormons do not seem to feel the same way. The Mormons continued to baptize these people without their authority which in turn denies their rights and is ethically cruel to these people.

  19. comicdub says:

    The people of the Mormon church cannot not be trusted, as seen in the recent scandal regarding Holocaust victim, Anne Frank being baptized by proxy at a Mormon church in the Dominican Republic. In 1995, an agreement was made between the Mormon and Jewish leaders that the Mormon church would stop posthumous baptism of Jews. Yet here we are with new evidence of a well known Holocaust victim being baptized despite the agreement. This isn’t the first time it has happened either, with a similar case regarding Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel being submitted to the Mormon database as “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism, showing that the church cannot be trusted to uphold their agreement.

  20. gabythefujoshi18 says:

    The Mormon Church believe to have the power to do as they please. Without consent from the Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, the church baptized her in the Dominican Republic. Despite the Mormon Church making an agreement with the Jewish people that they wouldn’t baptize Holocaust victims without consulting them first. Not only has this occurred once, but with others like Elie Wiesel, claiming that she was ‘ready.’ The Mormon Church must be punished for violating the ethnics and human rights of people.

  21. profs22 says:

    The Mormon Church claims it is just to baptize Holocaust victims by Proxy. One particular victim Anne Frank, was baptized in the church despite the restrictions prohibiting to submit a name that is not an ancestor. Considering that Anne had no descendants, this clearly violates the common practice, and surpasses the boundaries and the Mormon ethics.

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